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5 ways an architect can help you cut major costs

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
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Lots of people want to call a dream-like, spacious and super stylish structure “home”, yet not everyone considers hiring a top-notch architect to achieve said results. This makes perfect sense when one considers that the issue of cost is one of the major factors. Not everyone has a comfy budget set aside for building / construction work, and not everyone sees the assistance of a professional architect as a lifelong investment.

Fortunately, Imagine (Pty) Ltd can be a prime consideration for those wishing to save money, as this architectural professional takes on all projects remotely, effectively lessening the need for all parties’ travelling. Located in London, Imagine (Pty) Ltd has completed numerous projects in the UK capital, as well as the South African regions of Gauteng, Cape Town, and Durban. The firm is known for specialising in property design, -investment, and –development, and one look at its growing portfolio can confirm these professionals’ full commitment to first-rate style (and fully satisfied clients). 

Let’s see how working with a professional architect can help cut down on major costs for you, the client. 

1. You are privy to cost-effective design ideas

Aside from designing a practical and beautiful structure for the client, an architect’s job is to listen. Conversing with clients to find out their wants and needs (and also their available budget) is key to set in motion a professional business relationship. 

Architects are trained to think outside the box, which means they are more skilled at providing alternative (and multiple) solutions to help keep costs down for the client. 

2. Architects can help maximise your investment

Private home in Constantia Cape Town Minimalist dining room by Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd Minimalist Metal
Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd

Private home in Constantia Cape Town

Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd

Taking into consideration everything from budget to lifestyle, architects do thorough research into building products and construction finishes and features. And remember that licensed architects are also required to continue their education after graduating by keeping up to date on advances in building materials and products.

Thus, when an architect proposes an alternative idea, you can rest assured that a world of research (and skills and expertise) went into that decision! 

3. Architects can provide solutions on paper

Exclusive private home in Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa. by Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd Modern Concrete
Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd

Exclusive private home in Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa.

Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd

Ideas and suggestions on paper cost much less than those during construction. And since you’re paying for your contractor’s time, time equals money. Which means when hitting a snag during your building project, quick decisions (from a professional architect) are vital to ensure things don’t dawdle for too long and get too expensive. 

4. Everything is much more comprehensive and accurate

An architect uses drawings to predict the future. Drawings create a real-life scenario based on the future to anticipate circumstances that can effectively problem-solve based on the history of an architect’s experience. This not only saves time and money, but produces an environment that creates value to an environment in which human beings are to experience and use.

This has a dramatic impact on the built environment as well. It upgrades the value of an area and this leverages the value of the money put into the bricks and mortar originally.

So using an architect is nothing short in comparison to using a lucrative investment banker with your hard-earned savings. They are worth their weight in gold. Even if their fees are high, they will leverage your long-term financial standing in your property.  

5. You are represented by a professional the entire time

Exclusive private home in Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa. by Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd Minimalist Glass
Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd

Exclusive private home in Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa.

Imagine Architects (Pty) Ltd

At the end of the day, every homeowner wants the knowledge that their construction project perfectly met their designs and budget expectations. And this onus falls on the architect, as these professionals network and shop around to determine if their client is really getting what they’re asking (and paying) for. 

Just ensure that you are open and honest in your communications with your chosen architect from day one. This could make a major difference in avoiding unforeseen problems during the construction phase. 

Feel free to indulge in 5 of our favourite interior design projects to further inspire you. 

Would you consider calling in professional assistance for your next construction / building project?
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